Quarantine hotels in Quebec reserved for illegal border workers

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At least 11 quarantine hotels in Quebec have been reserved for foreigners who have crossed the border illegally, the Department of Immigration revealed on Tuesday.

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The revelation comes after an increase in illegal crossings since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Blacklock Journalist .

In a staff notice, the immigration department said it was responsible for providing temporary accommodation to asylum seekers who were asymptomatic with COVID-19 and could not afford to self-isolate for 14 days. .

“In addition, the department is responsible for providing temporary accommodation to vaccinated land border asylum seekers who do not have a proper quarantine plan until negative COVID-19 test results are received,” indicates the opinion.

The 11 hotels have been booked in Quebec, with asylum seekers staying in regular hotels, according to Guard Services In The Province of Quebec.

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In addition to providing security for the 11 or more hotel sites in Quebec, staff noted that “the contractor must provide up to ten guards per shift, per location, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.” .

The responsibility of security guards is to monitor “external health breaks for asylum seekers” as well as to ensure the safety of illegal immigrants and “other hotel guests”.

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Blacklock Journalist noted that 1,435 asylum seekers were detained at the border in 2021, of which 1,317 were arrested in Quebec, 99 in British Columbia and 19 in Manitoba. RCMP data showed a dramatic increase in illegal crossings in November 2021.

The figures indicated a few border crossings per month since March 2020 with no more than 39. The RCMP noted that the number rose to 150 per month last September and 932 in November.

The number for November 2021 is substantial compared to the 24 arrests reported at the border that same month in 2020.

An internal Department of Immigration email in 2020 said it was looking for around 1,000 isolation rooms for illegal immigrants.

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